Shades of social media researcher danah boyd's finding on teens' "social steganography" (hiding in plain sight): The Daily reports (about halfway into a 2-min. video) that, because so many parents are now monitoring their kids on Facebook and checking their texts, "an enormous amount of teenagers" are using Instagram to take random photos just so they can chat privately in the comments under them. … [Read more...] about Instagram: Teens’ alternative to texting, FB?
I hope you haven't noticed, but what's apparently an attack on Facebook reportedly went viral last night. The "flood of violent and pornographic images invading [Facebook users'] news feeds" has prompted Facebook to launch an investigation, the Washington Post reports. The Post cites the view from security firm Sophos that "users whose accounts post the images are unable to see them on their own … [Read more...] about Facebook says it’s looking into photo attack
I have mixed feelings about the Facebook profile facelift announced this week: On one hand, it's harder to fake, I think, strengthening the site's "real name culture" and to some degree user accountability. On the other hand, it seems to encourage people to share more information about themselves (Facebook's stated mission) and to put the surface of who we are even more front and center. "Instead … [Read more...] about Facebook profile’s new look: Good & bad